Morning by Morning, November 9 - "New Wineskin"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. I worship You and welcome You to rule and reign in my heart, in my land, and in all the earth. ...
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins" (Mark 2:22 NKJV).
Whether we love him or hate him, we have elected a new President of the United States. By the act of our votes, we made choices with our hearts for each individual person and also made choices together as a nation. Our choices matter; our choices determine our identity; and our choices determine our destiny in the mystery and the grace of both Your sovereignty and our freedom (Deuteronomy 30:9; Joshua 24:15; John 15:10).
The days and years to come will reveal the consequences of our choices, both personally and as a people. And so we are forever in need of Your mercy and grace, Your presence and power, Your correction and discipline, Your redemption and love.
But as the dust settles this morning, the words and the image that comes to my heart in prayer for Your will and our nation is "New Wineskin." ...
At the very least, there will be a "new wineskin" in Washington for sure. And we have yet to see or imagine all that may imply or entail. But as the people of God turn to You in prayer from across our land, we pray You would pour the "New Wine" of Your Holy Spirit into the "new wineskin" of governmental authority in our land. Whether it was our personal choice or not, You call us to pray for those in authority: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for everyone, for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth" (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Come, Holy Spirit. We turn to You in prayer and ask that You would heal our land (2 Chronicles 7:14). Pour Your New Wine into the new wineskins You are preparing in us, that we might know our identity and fulfill our destiny, as a people of God in our generation. Your grace is sufficient for us -- it always has been and it always will be (2 Corinthians 12:9).
As some celebrate today, as some commiserate today, let us all begin today the journey to arise and embrace the new day, the new wineskin, and the New Wine that is set before us. None of us knows what all that may mean, but I do know this by the certainty of Your Word: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9 NKJV). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
I pray you we will all be filled with the New Wine of the Holy Spirit of God, in our hearts and in our land, as we pray for those in authority and for one another to know our identity and fulfill our destiny as a person and as a nation, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. And I join with you in prayer for America to be a nation under God, honor the Lord our God with the gifts and calling He has entrusted to us as a nation in our world. God bless you, my friend!